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Montage Series features wind ensembles and opera excerpts

March 23, 2012

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans presents a variety of music events for the remainder of March. Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

The Loyola Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jean Montès, D.M.A., will perform at the 15th annual Bach Around the Clock event at Trinity Episcopal Church on March 24 at 10:15 p.m.

The Loyola Wind Ensemble will perform a concert directed by special guest conductor David Holsinger on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m. The program will feature three of Holsinger’s original compositions: “To Tame the Perilous Skies,” a work commissioned by the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, “Texas Promenade,” a celebration of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association and “Homage: Three Tapestries,” a tribute to Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel.

On Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Crescent City Wind Symphony will perform selections by J.P. Souse, K. King, Giuseppe Verdi and Percy Grainger. The group will also perform “Parade of the Tall Ships,” by Jay Chattaway and selections from the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Lion King.”

On Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Loyola Opera will delve into music that is alternately romantic, bawdy and full of fire with “Going for Baroque: Opera Excerpts,” featuring 29 students in a rich repertoire of the Baroque period with arias and ensembles by Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell and Jean-Baptiste Lully, among several others. Twelve operas will be represented, including “Giulio Cesare,” “Rinaldo,” “The Fairy Queen,” “Alceste” and “The Beggar's Opera.”

The Wind Ensemble, Crescent City Wind Symphony and Loyola Chamber Orchestra are all free and open to the public. Tickets for “Going for Baroque” are $8 for general admission and free for the Loyola community. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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